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Old Mar 15th 2017, 03:41 AM   #11
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You needed a combination of universal joints, a long (8in) 1/4" extension with a small 10mm socket and a small 10mm wrench. Alternate between the 2. The front nut will require the wrench the most.

I only had to loosen the radiator bolts to swing it forward once (maybe the first time I did this), but it is not needed.

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Old Mar 15th 2017, 04:09 AM   #12
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Hi everyone!

So I removed the stock exhaust and when removing the front header I damaged the radiator. A replacement is on its way, used radiator bought from a fellow member, now i am in debate where to finish the job myself or taking it to the dealer. I am not exactly doubting myself about doing it, I am asking for tips, recommendations or more information on installing everything back. If I would've known that by removing the radiator first I would've had a lot more space to work around the exhaust, would've have saved much time and trouble.

Anyone has gone through this or similar situation?
What are your recommendations?
Or plain and simple take it to Ducati?

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You will be fine doing it yourself. I think I took about 10 hours over two days to do the job. But I did an oil change in the middle and let all the oil drain overnight. Plus I was weighing pieces and giving a very detailed clean as I went.

As other guys have said the hardest part is removing the top 10mm header bolt on the horizontal cylinder. I took off the fan assembly and loosened the radiator and pushed it forward. I got enough clearance to use a very small flex head socket. What I think is the better tool for the job is a ratchet ring spanner.

Coincidently I purchased a 13mm one today for a different job on the bike. I think it will be worth buying one for the job.

I found the instructions very good and followed them to the letter. I suggest taking your time and do not rush it. Do not force anything and only do the final tightening of bolts when everything lines up nice.

Do not forget to use the ceramic paste etc where specified. The key is take your time. You will get a real sense of satisfaction when you step back and can say "I did that".

I left my side fairings off for the test ride and after letting it cool down checked all the bolts again.

And buy some spring pullers, when you go buy the 10mm ratchet ring spanner. Makes putting on the springs simple rather than a PITA.

Also a final note before you start give the whole exhaust a good clean with some spirit to remove all your greasy finger marks before you heat it up. This will avoid marks on the system which are hard to get off later.

sorry one more tip. When you are removing the two o2 sensors from the OEM undo the plug at the other end so you do not twist up the cable.

Good luck and enjoy saving money doing it yourself.
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Old Mar 15th 2017, 04:13 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by 1299rookie View Post
It's all good, just had to mentioned being a fresh 1299 owner left aside working on this bikes. I agree, seems like I got few pointers and I should be ok finishing it I suppose. Rad comes either today or tomorrow so once I get it then I will make my mind . Definitely having the right tools helps a lot.
And don't forget the oil change. Really quick with no silencers in the way.

Changing oil is always good. Lifeblood of the engine.
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Old Mar 15th 2017, 04:45 AM   #14
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Before I start working in the space between the engine and the radiators, I always tape a thick piece of old cardboard on the radiator. Never had any damaged lamellas since then.

Also, a small ratchet with high resolution (72 teeth) makes life much easier on the header nuts: e.g. Nepros
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Old Mar 15th 2017, 06:05 AM   #15
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I am about to do this job again,

I have found the 1299 to be the most tightly packed bke ive ever worked on, with everything bolted to 2-3 different things

I have learned with the bike to take my time and if I even question would it be easier to take a piece off, I take that piece off.

remember working on your own bike is supposed to be enjoyable, your not on a rate.

take your time, have fun
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Old Mar 15th 2017, 09:03 AM   #16
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How did you damage the radiator? Just curious as i just pulled mine to replace my front spark plug and reseal the valve cover- and they came out super easy- but i will say this- its harder to put them back in. but finish the job yourself. Keep at it youll get it and when it comes time to service the bike youll know what to do.
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Old Mar 15th 2017, 09:04 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Gecko View Post
Before I start working in the space between the engine and the radiators, I always tape a thick piece of old cardboard on the radiator. Never had any damaged lamellas since then.

Also, a small ratchet with high resolution (72 teeth) makes life much easier on the header nuts: e.g. Nepros
exactly what i did- except i had the tip from Indy ducati owner before i tackled mine- saved me some bent fins.
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Old Mar 15th 2017, 09:23 AM   #18
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Cardboard shield worked fine for us:

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Old Mar 15th 2017, 09:31 AM   #19
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If anyone needs a radiator, let me know...got the stock from my '15 R just sitting around....
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Old Mar 15th 2017, 12:31 PM   #20
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I agree 100% on that one, nothing compares to the feeling of accomplishment!
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